Category Archives: Events

Adult Asperger’s Meetup Group Reminder: October Events & Workshops

Yad B’Yad (Hand in Hand) is continuing our programming geared toward adults with Asperger’s! As a reminder, we have one event happening in October, this weekend!

On Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm we will be hosting our third (of many) Social Skills Workshops!

This workshop will look at executive level functioning, organization skills, accommodations, and stress reduction techniques.

Please note that we will be meeting at the Jewish Community Center’s Downtown location (also known as the Holland Building) which is located at 787 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, New York 14209. We will be meeting in the Conference Room. The Conference Room does not have a room number, but we will have signs up directing people where to go.

Participation is free, and light snacks (including gluten free) will be served. RSVP is required by Facebook, email to matt@bjebuffalo.org, or phone call to 716-204-5380

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/834045033383404/

We will be returning to our regular schedule of two events a month in November 🙂

Final Week to Register for the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Annual Conference!

2015 Conference Flyer 7.31.15

The Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention Annual Conference will take place on Monday, October 19, 2015 (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) at Classics V Banquet Center on Niagara Falls Blvd.

Speakers this year will be Dr. Maurice Elias (Rutgers University) presenting on “Ending Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation in Our Schools: The Hard Steps not Yet Taken,” and Dr. Jennifer Greif Green (Boston University), recipient of the 2014 Alberti Center Early Career Award, presenting on “Transitioning to College: The Experience of First-Year Students with a History of Childhood Bullying.” The content of these two presentations will be general enough to meet the needs of educators, mental health professionals, faculty/students, and other individuals interested in these topics. There will also be a panel discussion in the afternoon that Dr. Elias and Dr. Green will be participating in. Registration fee for professionals is $75.00, and students are $35.00.

The website for registration is http://gse.buffalo.edu/alberticenter/events/conference

2nd Annual Co-Artifact Auction and Fundraiser – TONIGHT!

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Starlight Studio and Art Gallery                                                                                  6-9pm                                                                                                                                  340 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202

Friday, September 25th 2015

25$
Tickets and more info available at:
www.coartifact2.eventbrite.com

Co-Artifact is a fundraising event that brings artists from the community and Starlight Studio artists together to create collaborative artworks.
The finished pieces will be displayed in the Starlight gallery and then auctioned off to benefit the Starlight Studio and Art Gallery program on September 25th, 2015 from 6-9pm. All proceeds will go to support the Starlight Studio and Art Gallery program.
Twenty-one Starlight artists have been paired randomly with twenty-one artists from the Buffalo community to collaborate on these artworks. Each artist started a peice and then his or her artist partner finished it.
The idea stemmed from a story of an illustrator whose daughter found her sketchbook and drew on top of her unfinished drawings. When the illustrator found what she had done she decided to use her daughter’s lines to create a more interesting and finished piece.
In addition to the Auction event, there will be local music from popular local Buffalo band (Folk Faces) , a cash bar, and the West Side Bazaar Food Cart!
Last year the event was a great success and so much fun. Thank you to everyone who helped us raise over 3000 dollars to support our program and hopefully we can go above and beyond this year!

Shalk, Historicizing the Metaphors: Disability and Representations of Slavery

Dear all,

Please join us on Wednesday, October 7 from 1 PM – 3 PM in 509 O’Brian UB North campus for:

Sami Schalk
Historicizing the Metaphors: Disability and Representations of Slavery

Representations of slavery are often representations of scarred and injured black bodies regularly subjected to physical, emotional and sexual violence. These are, in many instances, representations of people disabled by the racial violence of slavery and yet their images in contemporary literature are often read as only racial metaphors for the legacy that American slavery leaves behind. Disability studies scholars have argued against reading disability as purely a metaphor and have instead insisted upon the importance of disability as a material experience. This talk will discuss how a historicized approach to reading representations of disability and slavery can help us read these texts for both their metaphorical and material significance. Using Octavia Butler’s Kindred as an illustrative example, this talk will demonstrate that reading representations of disability both metaphorically and literally reveals just a few of the ways that the mutually constitutive oppressions of racism and ableism have colluded in American history.

Sami Schalk is an Assistant Professor of English at University at Albany. Her research focuses on the representation of race, gender and disability in contemporary literature. Sami’s work has appeared in Disability Studies Quarterly and Journal of Modern Literature and is forthcoming in the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. Her current book project explores the role of disability in black women’s speculative fiction.

Please distribute widely!

Hope to see everyone there,
Mike

New blogging group formed!

And here is our first blog!

7.27.15
Starlight Bloggers write about ADA Event:

On July 26th 1990, George Bush signed the ADA. We did not know then how far we would come. Twenty-five years later, over 600 people met at Canalside in Downtown Buffalo to celebrate. Our party started with speakers and music. Then some of our most creative minds read poetry. Janet Harrison of Starlight Studio and Art Gallery read, “Stars in Jars”, “California”, and “I Turn Around.” She also read “Buffalo Bill” in honor of the late John Harold Gordon, a former Starlight poet. After that, she read “Proclamation” and “Death to the Demon Seed” written by the Poet AIC. It was great to see the ‘City of Good Neighbors’ come together to support each other and this cause. We look forward to the next 25 years!

2nd Annual Co-Artifact Auction and Fundraiser

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Friday, September 25, 2015 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Co-Artifact is a fundraising event that brings artists from the community and Starlight Studio artists together to create collaborative artworks. The finished pieces will be displayed in the Starlight gallery and then auctioned off to benefit the Starlight Studio and Art Gallery program on September 25th, 2015 from 6-9pm. All proceeds will go to support the Starlight Studio and Art Gallery program. Twenty-one Starlight artists have been paired randomly with twenty-one artists from the Buffalo community to collaborate on these artworks. Each artist started a peice and then his or her artist partner finished it. The idea stemmed from a story of an illustrator whose daughter found her sketchbook and drew on top of her unfinished drawings. When the illustrator found what she had done she decided to use her daughter’s lines to create a more interesting and finished piece. you can find the article HERE! In addition to the Auction event, there will be local music from popular local Buffalo band, a cash bar, as well as food!

Starlight Studio and Art Gallery

340 Delaware Ave

Buffalo, NY 14202